When former British prime minister Tony Blair converted to Catholicism, it was of no more significance than if he had switched from supporting Bohemians to Rovers. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

My mother was very virtuous. She prayed every day and attended Mass at least once a week. But was she a Catholic? I had better explain why I ask. One(...)

UCD is planning to resume large lectures for up to 150 students. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

College lecturers have expressed concern at plans by some universities to resume certain classes at full capacity without social distancing. It comes(...)

Pat Burke: a passion for all forms of theatre

Actor, teacher, drama director, scholar and writer Pat Burke, born on May 6th, 1943, in Johnstown, Co Kildare, was a “man for all seasons” (to borrow (...)

Taoiseach Micheál Martin. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Pool/AFP via Getty

It will take until 2063 at the current rate of progress to achieve parity between male and female representation in the Dáil, the Citizens’ Assembly h(...)

Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

University teachers have said that certainty is required urgently on the re-opening process for higher education institutions. The Irish Federation o(...)

The Government must consult with colleges, staff and students in order to avoid  the threat of “enrolment chaos” in the autumn, according to tthe Irish Federation of University Teachers. Photograph: iStock

The Government must begin consulting with colleges, staff and students in order to avoid escalating uncertainty and the threat of “enrolment chaos” in(...)

A gender quality taskforce has been set up by Minister of State for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, which is seeking ways to accelerate change. Photograph: Getty Images

Women remain hugely underrepresented in the senior levels of Irish universities despite policies aimed at promoting greater gender equality, new figur(...)

Four female NUI Galway lecturers whose gender discrimination cases against the university has been settled. They are pictured with Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor.

NUI Galway (NUIG) has declined to comment on the amount public money involved in settling a high-profile gender discrimination row involving the unive(...)

Minister of State with responsibility for higher education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said that university rankings  can impact on international perceptions of our education system.

The Department of Education is to work with universities to identify ways of improving their performance in international rankings. This follows the (...)

Irish universities argue they should be given much greater freedom to hire staff now that many of them are generating the bulk of their incomes privately. Photograph: Getty Images

When it comes to recruiting the very best talent for Irish universities, are we paying enough to secure the top academics? Ask any university preside(...)

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